After 18 years, band director Scott Bradley will be retiring at the end of this school year.
Bradley went to a college in Michigan, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education.
“I wanted to be a geologist, but really good band directors made me like being in band,” Bradley said. “And, then, I tried out in a band, and then while in that band, we toured Europe, and I liked it from then on. I liked being with people instead of being by myself.”
In 1981, Bradley came to Kansas to attend graduate school, where he earned a Master’s degree in Music Performance. Overall, he has taught for 33 years, including in South Dakota, Goodland, Kan., Onaga, Kan., and Rock Creek.
Throughout Bradley’s years at Rock Creek, one of his favorite memories with the band was making the seven trips to Disney World in Florida, one of which the band did in during this past Spring Break in March.
“I wanted to stay this year for the [Disney] trip,” Bradley said. “I like the years we go to Disney, but it’s hard to pick one year [to be my favorite].”
Bradley also said that there was one “least favorite” experience.
“[My worst memory was] going to the Cotton Bowl when it was freezing cold and raining; there was two inches of snow in 45 minutes,” Bradley said.
Many students said that they will miss Bradley as their band teacher.
“I love Mr. Bradley because he’s a great band teacher,” freshman Brooke Black said. “[My favorite memory] was his last Disney trip because I got to share his last trip with him for Rock Creek band.”
Likewise, choir teacher Todd Walters, who has worked with Bradley for two years, said that Bradley will be missed.
“I think it’s sad,” Walters said. “I love teaching with him, we work well together and it’s been fun. The Disney trip or him dressing in Star Trek outfits [are my favorite memories].”
After retirement, Bradley said he will be moving to Parsons, Kan., in southeast Kansas, where his wife moved three years ago for a job, and he will be teaching classes at Independence Community College and Labette Community College.
Meanwhile, the district has hired a new band teacher, Nate Craft, to take Bradley’s place.
“[Craft was] extremely impressive,” principal Eric Koppes said. “He met all of our criteria, plus more.”
Article by Mickenzie Blaise and Tayler Johnson, Staff Members